June 14, 2021
The U.S. Army Turns 246 Years Old
This June 14th, take time to greet our nation’s army a happy birthday as the military’s largest branch turns 246 years old! That’s a lot of candles to blow!
The Army Birthday is all about honoring the courageous men and women in the U.S. Army, past and present. It salutes those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow Americans. If it weren’t for them fighting for our rights and freedoms, our nation wouldn’t be where it is now.
So, what normally happens during this special day? Ceremonies and balls, that’s what!
Cake cutting ceremonies, which take place at the Capitol Hill and Pentagon, have long been a birthday tradition in the Army. The lowest and highest-ranking officials do the honors of cutting the cake with an Army saber. This is meant to symbolize the bond and camaraderie among all Army personnel.
Hosting unit formation runs around the globe is another tradition held during the Army’s special day. Units carry their colors on parade fields at dawn before doing the formation run. The Army came up with this tradition to show the world how cohesive its members are.
What about you? Do you have any ideas on how you can observe this day? If there’s nothing on your mind, here’s one: read surprising facts about the U.S. Army! No need to research — we have everything you need to know here:
- The Army is older than our motherland.
Almost a year older, to be exact!
- The Army is America’s second-largest employer.
With more than 1 million active-duty and reserve soldiers, the U.S. Army comes next to Walmart as the largest employer in the country.
- The Army is responsible for Ray-Bans.
If you’re a fan of Ray-Bans, you can thank the Army for that or, specifically, the late U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready. He asked Bausch & Lomb to create glasses for his pilots that can block the sun rays and reduce headaches. Thus, the company’s Ray-Ban was born.
- 16 presidents served in the Army.
Of the 31 presidents who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, 16 of them were in the Army, and 24 of them served during wartime.
- At least 74 countries have U.S. military bases.
The total number of these bases is around 800.
- The first submarine was used by the Army.
The Turtle was the first documented submarine warfare, and the Army used it in the Revolutionary War. The attempt was a failure though, as it wasn’t able to sink a British warship that was moored off Governors Island in New York harbor.
- The Air Force used to be part of the Army.
That was the case until 1947. During that year, Congress enacted a law that turned the Air Force into a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces.
- The Army owns 24,000 square miles of land.
If it were a state, the Army would be larger than Massachusetts and Hawaii combined!
- The Army mapped much of our country.
When our soldiers weren’t on the battlefield back then, they would kill time mapping America. Non-commissioned and Army officers made up the Lewis and Clark Expedition that helped map out the uncharted territory of the American West.
- The Army was the last branch to adopt an official song.
In 1956, the Army decided to make “The Army Goes Rolling Along” as its official anthem. The song is set to the melody of an artillery tune.
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